In 1890 William Robert Phelan was appointed headteacher at Balmattum, a rural area north of Euroa in north-east Victoria. He was 29 years old, the son of an Irish Catholic family in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne. He's my husband's great-grandfather.
Seven years later, in 1897, he married a local girl. Maggie was the daughter of Daniel and Christina McKernan, prominent residents of the area. Daniel was also Irish-born but Protestant, as was his Scottish wife. Maggie was 24 and William was 36. They were married at Maggie's home, the 'Royal Hotel' . The Royal was a combined hotel, post office, general store and residence for about forty-five years. It is now a private residence called 'Hawthorn House' and is owned by a descendant of Daniel and Christina McKernan.
Mixed marriages (as in Catholic-Protestant) were unusual at the time so I'm not sure how it came about and I wonder of what their parents and the community thought of it. William was never a practising Catholic so that may have helped.
|William Phelan and Maggie McKernan wedding, Balmattum, Victoria 1897|
|Jane and Daniel Phelan|
|Christina McKernan (nee Gordon)|
The wedding was reported in great detail. including a list of all the presents. Apparently the wedding was a 'scene of great excitement', there were about 100 guests and the room was beautifully decorated.
|Euroa Advertiser, 15 Jan 1897|
You can see more delightful wedding photos over at Sepia Saturday.
A lovely clear old photo, and a great description too. I have no group photos of my grandparents' weddings, let alone any of great grandparents! Incidentally, we got married on their anniversary, 77 years later (5.1.74). Have a safe trip, Lorraine.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, those beards would so make a great bearded post! A great presentation for this week, very nice.ReplyDelete
WOW what a fantastic photo!ReplyDelete
Wonderful to have a family photo from so far back; it is indeed to be treasured.ReplyDelete
What a wonderfully preserved photo of that wedding. It often is surprising how clear & concise those old photos are & how well they enlarge. Nice post!ReplyDelete
How wonderful to have such an old photo. Also great that the home remains in the family!ReplyDelete
That is a photo to treasure and you've done a skillful job of isolating the various identities to show their features better.ReplyDelete
This was a great post based on one photo and one wedding. I am so glad that you know who is who in the photo, kuddos to whoever kept records! We who chase ancestors are always so happy to have that information. And the hotel/home story is also great!ReplyDelete
Two of the best beards I've seen and a great old photo.ReplyDelete
What wonderful photos! Daniel was my great great great uncle - thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete